Charles Chaim Wax


A Friend


I got a call yesterday
About Gloria,74 years old,
From her sister,69, a smoker all her life
Plus drank a fifth of rum,
Everyone thought she
Would go first
But cancer demolished Gloria through and through.
Lucy and Lorenzo said I should send flowers
For fifty dollars
Such kind children
Instead
I sent a Mass Card for five because
How does the inside of a coffin breathe.

Submitted: Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,755 Points Bernard Snyder (3/4/2011 1:48:00 PM)

    Very lovely poem. Well-written 'piece' mr.Charles. I'll read more when I return later. I also gave this a 10'. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Daphne Grant (2/10/2007 2:41:00 PM)

    I like the line 'Such kind children' They have asked him to send fifty dollars worth of flowers, but he will have to part with the doh. So he sent a mass card, because the dead don't know.

    daphne Grant (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,219 Points Jerry Hughes (7/14/2006 8:06:00 PM)

    The incongruity of death. One lives, one dies. Who decides? Great poem... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mia Ocean (1/31/2006 6:06:00 AM)

    It was kind of humorous....but yet sad.......exquisit! (i dont know how to spell that) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 145 Points Nimal Dunuhinga (1/19/2006 7:00:00 AM)

    The death of a friend; sad but I found sly humour and the uncertainty through the whole poem specially the last line.Experimental! ......... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie nicci Hopmann (1/16/2006 5:50:00 PM)

    i absolutly loved your poem a very good poem! ! !
    and i too loved your last line 'How does the of a coffin breathe'
    ~nikky~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Setareh Ghanooni (11/21/2005 2:22:00 PM)

    a poem must be like this: true, honest, full of live life although it be full of dead people, with verse which stick to you forever. Good luck, your style is like Charles Bukowski's which i adore (i mean both! !) thanks for your poetry! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Louise Marie Delsanto (11/16/2005 6:49:00 AM)

    Another good expression of thought and word, Charles. I love the way your poetry tells 'slice of life' happenings. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,229 Points john tiong chunghoo (5/18/2005 10:13:00 AM)

    well expressed. love it. (Report) Reply

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